BYU and Northwestern, teams with only two losses between them, will meet in the Marriott Center Thursday night in a 7:30 contest.
The Cougars, 8-1, haven't played an official game since a win over Utah State last Tuesday. They followed that with a two-point exhibition loss to Athletes in Action. BYU didn't play any starters against AIA.Northwestern, 5-1, is coming off a 103-63 rout of Northeastern Illinois Monday night in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats got 18 points from forward Walker Lambiotte, a 6-7 senior who only played half the game. Other top players were 6-9 center Brian Schwabe, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.
While Northwestern has an impressive record, the Wildcats, led by former Ute coach Bill Foster, have only played two or three serious opponents. Their sole loss was a 103-77 defeat at the hands of Duke. Their wins were over Illinois Wesleyan, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Tulane, Loyola and Northeastern Illinois.
Meanwhile, BYU Coach Roger Reid says he hopes expectations don't get too high, despite the Cougars' quick start. "Some fans are not realistic a lot of times," said Reid. "We have an 8-1 record and we have people who get to the point where they think we are a lot better than we really are. We could have lost three games as easily as not. I hope we're as good as people think, but we've been fortunate."
Cougar guard Marty Haws has a broken finger on his right hand but Reid said the injury will not hamper his shooting.